3 Tips for Maintaining Your Heating System This Winter

You already know that you should schedule a professional furnace tune-up before winter weather begins. Once that maintenance work is done, are you finished with furnace care for the year? No. Keeping your furnace running strong all winter requires that you pay attention to it throughout the season. Keep the following three furnace tips in mind for safe, efficient heating this winter.

1. Change Filters Regularly

During a maintenance call from Barker's Heating & Cooling in College Station, your old furnace filter may have been swapped out for a fresh one. That one will last you for a while, but you’ll probably need to change it a few times during the heating season. Otherwise, your furnace won’t run as efficiently, and your home may get dustier.

Most filters should be changed every one to three months, but some larger filters may last longer. If the filter looks dirty, it’s time for it to go. Consult with your furnace professional or check the package of your filter to learn more.

2. Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

When running your furnace, you must always be vigilant about the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Ignoring this danger could lead to serious illness or even death. Blocked vents can increase your risk of carbon monoxide buildup. Clean or dust your registers regularly, and don’t set anything on top of them.

You should also install carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. To ensure that they are in good working order, test the alarms monthly, and change the batteries twice a year.

3. Call for Repairs

Furnace operation can go downhill at any time, so be alert for signs of a problem. If you notice that your furnace begins to make strange noises or give off odd smells, don’t wait to address the issue. Contact your heating professional for repairs right away so that small problems can be fixed before they lead to an expensive breakdown.

Barker's Heating & Cooling provides maintenance, installation and repair services for air conditioners, furnaces, geothermal systems and air quality products in the College Station area. Call Barker's Heating & Cooling today to learn more!